October 10, 2009

Vaughan's Seven Blocks Not Enough, Brown Falls 3-1 to Princeton

Providence, R.I. - Junior captain Danielle Vaughan (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) recorded a game-high seven total blocks, as well as eight kills with a .400 attack percentage, but Princeton was still able to come away with a 3-1 win at the Pizzitola Center on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Bears fall to 4-10 overall, and 0-3 in Ivy League play this season, while Princeton improves to 3-11 on the year, and 1-2 in league play.

The Tigers grabbed the early momentum in the first set, moving out to a quick 24-14 lead, and appeared on the verge on an easy victory to open the match.  However, the Bears came storming back behind the serving of Alexandra Ilstad (Alamo, CA), rallying to within 24-22 before Princeton was finally able to get the final point, taking a 1-0 set lead.  Brown continued playing in a good rhythm, taking the early lead in the second set before the Tigers came back to tie the action at 11 apiece.  The remainder of the set featured some terrific plays from both sides, as neither was able to gain an advantage.  After tying the score at 23 though, Princeton took two consecutive points to close out the set and take a commanding 2-0 match lead.

In the third, Bruno played its best set of the evening, holding Princeton to just .085 hitting and running out to a 13-9 early lead.  Though the Tigers rallied back once again, the Bears held on to take a 25-22 win, highlighted by a pair of consecutive service aces from junior Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) late in the contest.  The fourth set was another back-and-forth game, but ultimately Princeton was able to come away with a hard-fought 25-23 win, taking a 3-1 match victory to notch the first league win for the Tigers in 2009.

The Bears will be back in action on Friday, October 16, when they travel to take on Columbia at 7:00 p.m.